Generally speaking, you can expect proactive software asset management initiatives from software vendors at the start of their financial year and more heavy-handed compliance enforcement towards the end.
For example, Microsoft released the SAM Optimization model in July last year at the start of their financial year and those companies found out of compliance will be pressurised to settle new agreements before the end of June of this year.
The list below shows when the major vendors close off their year end;
- March 31st – Adobe, CA, Symantec
- May 31st – Oracle
- June 30th – Microsoft
- October 31st – HP
- December 31st – IBM, SAP
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management.
On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
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